By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
WBO number 15 ranked junior lightweight Xiao Tao Su of China will face Campee Phayom of Thailand on November 23 in Shenzhen, China. Su (11-1,6KO’s) will be defending his WBO Oriental title for the first time. Last August, Su delivered a stunning opening round TKO win over Japanese Shota Yukawa. Aside from winning the regional belt, his performance had fans buzzing at ringside.
Su staggered Yukawa early and it was only the ring ropes that held the Japanese up. Su pressed the action until a powerful right decked Yukawa hard prompting the stoppage.
Last April, Su won the vacant IBO Oceania-Orient junior lightweight belt by second round knockout against Thai Attanon Kunlawong in Haikou,China. The 22 year old Su’s lone loss was by unanimous decision to countryman Lei Jiang in Jinan,China last year.
The 22 year old Phayom (18-4-2,11KO’s) will get his third crack at a regional title. Three years ago, he was knocked out by Chinese contender Sun Xiangxiang in the second round in Nanning, China in a WBO Asia Pacific title bout. Last August, he faced another Chinese boxer, Lunjun Zhao in Thailand for the WBO Oriental Youth belt but the fight ended in a draw. Since that draw, Phayom racked up two wins against countrymen Wasan Chaisuk and Nikhom Hongthong.
The fight card will be held at the Shenzhen Bao’an District Sports Center. The non-title undercards will feature unbeaten up and comers Xiaokang Song (2-0) of China vs Forlando Calderon (3-0) of Indonesia. There will be two China vs India match-ups - Xiwei Yang vs Vikash Dahiya and Haiyun Duan vs Manish Chaudhary, and the all-China four rounder between Guangzhou Chen and Chenghong Tao.
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